Sun.Star Cebu - - NATION -

For­mer Palawan gover­nor Joel Reyes was con­victed of graft by the Sandi­gan­bayan Wed­nes­day for grant­ing the re­newal of smallscale min­ing per­mits to Olympic Mines and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (OMDC) de­spite ex­ceed­ing the al­low­able limit. He was sen­tenced to six to eight years in jail. Reyes granted the re­newal of OMDC’s min­ing per­mit valid from April 6, 2006 to April 5, 2008 de­spite the min­ing firm’s pre­vi­ous per­mit that re­mains valid up to Novem­ber 3, 2006. The court said the firm al­ready mined and ex­tracted the an­nual max­i­mum 50,000 dry met­ric tons (DMT) of ore (or 100,000 DMT for two years). /

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